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Temporal range: 5 MyF
| Canis pequena|
C. p. pequena
Dune dogs (Canis pequena) are a species of wild canid native to the western areas of North America. They are considerably different from regular domestic dogs, though. They are widespread 5 million years in the future. It is descendant of smaller breeds of dogs; examples include, but not are limited to dachshunds, rat terriers and Jack Russell terriers.
Adaptations and EvolutionEdit
The Dune dogs have very characteristic adaptations. They have large claws (compared to other canids) to dig. Dune dogs have loose skin that aids when battles between rival dune dogs and descendants of badgers. It has strong jaws to
hold on to their prey and a slim and flexible body to get inside holes of prairie dogs, groundhogs and badgers. They evolved a special coat that them to both release heat and keep cool with the rapidly changing weather. It also has strong back legs to help pull them out of enemy holes. They have large forward facing ears that rotate to hear nearby fauna.
Ecology, Biology and BehaviorEdit
Dune dogs are generally solitary, but will rarely travel in a group consisting of a single breeding pair. They live in deep burrows, that they will either dig themselves or steal from badgers and red fox descendants.
The small canids give birth to one to three small puppies. After about four months the father usually leaves the female, but on rare occasions males will stay with the females and help raise the kits or pups.
Diet-wise, they are omnivores with a carnivorous bias; they tend to feed on small to medium-sized rodents, snakes, small skinks and the eggs of both ground-dwelling birds and reptiles. In times of hardship, they will eat desert plants, insects, and even the marrow out of bones.
They also will attack venomous snakes, and as a result they evolved fast reflexes and a thicker hide. The dune dog reaches a height of about 36 inches in height and a length of about 71 centimeters.
They communicate via scent and high-pitched barking. Each dune dog has a small amount of territory. Despite primarily being a desert species, a forest and highland subspecies do exist.
- Common dune dog, Canis pequena pequena -- The desert subspecies.
- Highland dwarfer, Canis pequena montagnes -- the highland subspecies, adapted to live in small burrows in smaller mountains. They have much more fur than the desert subspecies and have claws more adapted to climbing up mountains.
- Forest dog, Canis pequena forestias -- The forest subspecies, most likely evolved from the highland dwarfer.